Celebrating Al Purdy: The poet's legacy on video

al-purdy-125.jpgSome of Canada's brightest literary stars will gather in Toronto for a benefit evening to help restore Al Purdy's famous A-Frame residence.

The celebrated Canadian poet and his wife Eurithe built the home in the late '50s on the shore of Roblin Lake in Ontario's Prince Edward County. The couple hosted hundreds of writers, including Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje.

Purdy died in 2000 at the age of 82.

The Al Purdy benefit show takes place on February 6, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. ET at Koerner Hall in Toronto, and will feature appearances and poetry readings by several prominent guests, including Atwood, Phill Hall, Dennis Lee, Gordon Pinsent, Karen Soli, and musical acts like Bidiniband.

Proceeds from the gala fundraiser, led by the Al Purdy A-Frame Association, will go towards establishing it as a writers' residence and retreat.

Al Purdy Anthology giveaway

a-frame-anthology-120.jpgWe're giving away three copies of The Al Purdy A-Frame Anthology edited by Paul Vermeersch, courtesy of the Al Purdy A-Frame Association. Email cbcbooks[a]cbc.ca with the subject heading "Al Purdy Anthology" by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and you'll be entered into a random draw.

The giveaway contest rules and regulations are available here.

For more information about the Al Purdy A-Frame Fundraiser, you can visit the group's website.

To acknowledge Al Purdy's continued popularity and influence, we dug into the CBC Digital Archives to highlight some videos that feature the man himself, as well as notable figures offering an appreciation of his work. Enjoy!

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